Wood Stoves

A wood stove is typically a steel or a cast iron box lined with firebrick. Wood stoves mostly heat by convection, meaning it heats the air surrounding it, which then moves around the home.

For proper use, wood stoves need to burn wood with a 20% moisture content or less. The “wetter” the wood, the less efficiently it burns and the more creosote will build up. Stove and stack must be cleaned once per year.

Wood stoves are in widespread use across the arctic due to the abundance of wood and the ease of use. They are commonly used as a supplementary or back up system to a boiler. 

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Projects

Wood-Burning Technology Study CCHRC is evaluating the economic and environmental considerations of a variety of residential wood energy appliances, including wood stoves, pellet stoves, wood boilers, and masonry heaters.
Heating Appliance Use Survey This project observed actual patterns of wood heating appliance use at twelve homes in Fairbanks to quantify the amount of wood heating compared to other heating sources.